Dave Baker

Dave Baker

is creating video essays, writing samples and other creative projects

6

patrons

$26

per month
In short, I am in the middle of thinking up and/or creating several web projects. And if you wish to support any of this, here is the place for you!

What Does This Patreon Cover?

Your Favorite Character
This is my main project thus far. It will be a series of video essays, each one focusing one of the great characters of fiction. These are more than just your Hamlet, your Jean Valjeans or your other literary figures. These are characters that their creators use to explore all walks of life and the widest range of emotions, enhancing the works in which they appear. From seasonal anime to summer action films, from web productions to western animation, each of these characters has a staying power that lasts for generations. It is time to explore what makes them memorable, and why people love them so much.  

Since culture never existed in a vacuum, the series will explore each of these characters' inspirations. It's more than just the obvious, as people don't need to relearn the connections between Jay Gatsby and Charles Foster Kane in terms of the American Dream. It's also about diving into how certain characters can represent ideas or at least critiques of concepts. Like how Jason Brody from Far Cry 3 is a modern take on Kurtz from Heart of Darkness. Or how Sailor Moon was intended to be a parody of magical girl protagonists - tell that to the legions of clones and knockoffs. 

But most importantly of all, each episode will explore the background behind the actions that have been seared into people's memories. We remember that Michael Corleone eventually embraced his family and bloodily rose to power. We remember that Walter White rejected financial assistance for his cancer treatments. We remember that Elphaba would eventually become the Wicked Witch of the West. Now is a place to answer the questions "How?" and "Why?"

In other words, this is a series about the finer building blocks of culture. In doing so, I hope to demonstrate what makes the great works so spectacular. 

Various Writing Projects

In addition, I will be providing some exclusive writing samples for all patrons to enjoy! These will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The Tabernacle, a series of short stories developed around the idea of a multidimensional space station. Or more specifically, one such station developed by all the potential children of a single couple. 
  • The Old Kaiserreich, a screenplay based on the popular Alternate History game mod Kaiserreich. It builds on the basic premise of Germany winning the First World War and then explores the world twenty years later - with a second Weltkrieg looming on the horizon. 
  • Follow-up articles to Your Favorite Character episodes on Medium. There are simply some ideas that simply have to be cut from each video. It will simply be easier to expand on underdeveloped ideas and flesh out the nuances this way. 
  • Various screenplays and sketch ideas. This is stuff I'll generally develop on the side. But if any of you would like to see some more, I'll be more than happy to deliver.

Other Potential Projects
I do have other ideas lined up on the docket. However, I am keeping them on hold for the time being. Nonetheless, I do think they'll be things that you would enjoy a lot. 

So if you're interested in a garden variety of web projects, please consider becoming a Patron. This has a lot of promise, and I would love it if you wanted to join in.

Tiers
Early Access
$2 or more per month
You get to see episodes a few days before everyone else! It'll also include future episodes I'm planning to do, as well as other news you'd like to know. 
Curated YouTube Recommendations
$5 or more per month

Do you want to beat the algorithms? Then allow me to send you biweekly lists of recommended YouTube videos, including pitches for why you might like them. Also includes the previous reward level. 

Name in the Credits
$7.50 or more per month
As a sign of gratitude, your name will appear in the credits of every episode. Your support at this level is genuinely appreciated, and it's only fair that you get something out of it. Also includes previous reward levels.
Insider Access
$15 or more per month
You get to see things like notes, sources and the scripts for each episode. In the near future, I might also set up a Discord server to help me get to know you better. Also includes previous rewards. 
Choose An Episode
$25 or more per month
You get to choose a subject for an episode! I'll talk with you personally to set this up. Also includes previous rewards. 
Goals
$26 of $500 per month
This will allow me to upgrade my equipment, especially my microphone. This is mainly to get more consistent, more fluid and better sounding audio for each video.
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In short, I am in the middle of thinking up and/or creating several web projects. And if you wish to support any of this, here is the place for you!

What Does This Patreon Cover?

Your Favorite Character
This is my main project thus far. It will be a series of video essays, each one focusing one of the great characters of fiction. These are more than just your Hamlet, your Jean Valjeans or your other literary figures. These are characters that their creators use to explore all walks of life and the widest range of emotions, enhancing the works in which they appear. From seasonal anime to summer action films, from web productions to western animation, each of these characters has a staying power that lasts for generations. It is time to explore what makes them memorable, and why people love them so much.  

Since culture never existed in a vacuum, the series will explore each of these characters' inspirations. It's more than just the obvious, as people don't need to relearn the connections between Jay Gatsby and Charles Foster Kane in terms of the American Dream. It's also about diving into how certain characters can represent ideas or at least critiques of concepts. Like how Jason Brody from Far Cry 3 is a modern take on Kurtz from Heart of Darkness. Or how Sailor Moon was intended to be a parody of magical girl protagonists - tell that to the legions of clones and knockoffs. 

But most importantly of all, each episode will explore the background behind the actions that have been seared into people's memories. We remember that Michael Corleone eventually embraced his family and bloodily rose to power. We remember that Walter White rejected financial assistance for his cancer treatments. We remember that Elphaba would eventually become the Wicked Witch of the West. Now is a place to answer the questions "How?" and "Why?"

In other words, this is a series about the finer building blocks of culture. In doing so, I hope to demonstrate what makes the great works so spectacular. 

Various Writing Projects

In addition, I will be providing some exclusive writing samples for all patrons to enjoy! These will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The Tabernacle, a series of short stories developed around the idea of a multidimensional space station. Or more specifically, one such station developed by all the potential children of a single couple. 
  • The Old Kaiserreich, a screenplay based on the popular Alternate History game mod Kaiserreich. It builds on the basic premise of Germany winning the First World War and then explores the world twenty years later - with a second Weltkrieg looming on the horizon. 
  • Follow-up articles to Your Favorite Character episodes on Medium. There are simply some ideas that simply have to be cut from each video. It will simply be easier to expand on underdeveloped ideas and flesh out the nuances this way. 
  • Various screenplays and sketch ideas. This is stuff I'll generally develop on the side. But if any of you would like to see some more, I'll be more than happy to deliver.

Other Potential Projects
I do have other ideas lined up on the docket. However, I am keeping them on hold for the time being. Nonetheless, I do think they'll be things that you would enjoy a lot. 

So if you're interested in a garden variety of web projects, please consider becoming a Patron. This has a lot of promise, and I would love it if you wanted to join in.

Recent posts by Dave Baker

Tiers
Early Access
$2 or more per month
You get to see episodes a few days before everyone else! It'll also include future episodes I'm planning to do, as well as other news you'd like to know. 
Curated YouTube Recommendations
$5 or more per month

Do you want to beat the algorithms? Then allow me to send you biweekly lists of recommended YouTube videos, including pitches for why you might like them. Also includes the previous reward level. 

Name in the Credits
$7.50 or more per month
As a sign of gratitude, your name will appear in the credits of every episode. Your support at this level is genuinely appreciated, and it's only fair that you get something out of it. Also includes previous reward levels.
Insider Access
$15 or more per month
You get to see things like notes, sources and the scripts for each episode. In the near future, I might also set up a Discord server to help me get to know you better. Also includes previous rewards. 
Choose An Episode
$25 or more per month
You get to choose a subject for an episode! I'll talk with you personally to set this up. Also includes previous rewards.